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Front Page - Friday, April 9, 2021

Fort Oglethorpe posts historic holiday menus

Holiday menus created at the former Army post at Fort Oglethorpe from 1925-1940 are now available online in the Digital Library of Georgia.

The DLG awarded the 6th Cavalry Museum a grant for digitizing its collection of historic menus. The collection is available at dlg.usg.edu/collection/scm_scthm.

Some of the menus include rosters of US military personnel, as well as the names of guests and family members.

Several of the menus also include a “Year in Review” section that provides insights not offered elsewhere in materials at the 6th Cavalry Museum.

Genealogists have used the menus as a source of historical information, says the museum.

Moreover, food historians have consulted the menus for a history of food and a study of ritualized meals.

The menus also provide information about military life and provide a better understanding of the loss, change and growth that took place during the 1920s and 1930s, the museum reports.

“My father joined the 6th Cavalry for officer’s training in 1940 at Fort Oglethorpe and attained the rank of major by the end of World War II,” Family historian Camilla Canty says.

“Fort Oglethorpe held special memories for my parents because they met there when my father was in training, and my mother worked for Col. James Troutt in the Office of the Surgeon.”

The 6th Cavalry Museum preserves the military history of the Fighting Sixth Cavalry, the former army post at Fort Oglethorpe (1902-1946), and the Third Women’s Army Corps Training Center.

Located on the post’s original parade ground, the area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Learn more at www.6thcavalrymuseum.org.

Based at the University of Georgia Libraries, the DLG is a GALILEO initiative that collaborates with Georgia’s libraries, archives, museums and other institutions of education and culture to provide digital access to resources on Georgia history, culture and life.

The DLG also serves as Georgia’s service hub for the Digital Public Library of America and as the home of the Georgia Newspaper Project, the state’s historic newspaper microfilming project.

Visit the DLG at dlg.usg.edu.

Source: 6th Cavalry Museum